Health Professionals (Non-Physician) Special Interest Group

L to R: Ruth Hagestuen, Hanneke Kalf, and Ingrid Sturkenboom have a little fun at the 21st International Congress in Berlin in June 2016. Photo credit: Jens JeskeOur Mission

To establish within the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society an international interdisciplinary network of professionals in counseling, nursing, rehabilitation and genetics, who enrich and broaden the scope of care, management and research initiatives in Movement Disorders. Learn more


HP SIG Leadership

Victor McConveyVictor McConvey


Hanneke KalfHanneke Kalf

Maria Elisa Pimentel PiemonteMaria Elisa Pimentel Piemonte

MDS Staff Liaison: Samantha Surillo

Members of the HP-SIG

Chair: Victor McConvey
Co-Chair: Hanneke Kalf
Co-Chair: Maria Elisa Pimentel Piemonte

John Dean
Amy Lemen
Julie Carter
Alice Nieuwboer
Ruth Hagestuen
Mariella Graziano
Patrick Browne
Meg Morris
Lynn Rochester
Susan Heath
Elaine Book
Samyra Keus
Gila Bronner
Siok-Bee Tan
Clynton Correa
Cathi Thomas
Terry Ellis
Ashwini Rao
Gwyn Vernon
Vicki Segro
Pravin Khemani

HP-SIG Appoints New Leaders for Section Roles

We are pleased to announce the following individuals have been selected for Leadership Roles with the HP-SIG:

  • Maria Elisa Pimentel Piemonte, PT, PhD
    Co-Chair, Pan American Section of the HP-SIG

    Dr. Piemonte will serve as Co-chair with Dr. Hanneke Kalf, Co-Chair of the HP-SIG-European Section, and Victor McConvey, Chair of the HP-SIG and HP-SIG-Asian & Oceanian Section. Ruth Hagestuen will serve as a resource to Dr. Piemonte as past-Chair of the HP-SIG-Pan American Section.
  • John Dean, MA, CCC-SLP
    Chair, Website Editorial Group of the HP-SIG

    Mariella Graziano will serve as a resource to John as past-Chair of the Website group.
  • Amy Lemen, LCSW
    Chair, Education Committee of the HP-SIG

    This is a new role and will share and discuss ideas and initiatives with the HP-SIG Chair and Co-Chair, Victor McConvey and Hanneke Kalf.
Basecamp Meetings

The MDS HP SIG is pleased to announce that as the Health Professional group continues to grow within the Society there is an increasing need to facilitate communication via an online platform in order to pursue the group’s mission. Due to the increased global reach, versatility and growing number of time zones to be considered, the group moved to communication via the online project management and meeting platform Basecamp. To date, the MDS HP SIG has held four meetings online via Basecamp. 

Read Basecamp Posts and Minutes for 2015 and 2016.

Interested in joining the HP SIG on Basecamp? Contact the International Secretariat.

News for Health Professionals

Updates from the Sub-Sections

MDS HP-SIG Asian and Oceanian Section (HP-SIG-AOS)

Read the March report from the Chair and the report from the 4th Asian and Oceanian Parkinson's Disease and Movement Disorders Congress

MDS HP-SIG Pan American Section (HP-SIG-PAS)

Read the March report update from Health Professionals in the Pan American Section

Message from the Webpage Editor

Mariella Graziano, BSc (Hons), Physiotherapist - Luxembourg
Read the March 2015 Report

News Archives
More Resources for Health Professionals
Health Professionals of all disciplines will be meeting while in Vancouver, BC, Canada this June.

You are invited and encouraged to join in for some networking while you're at the 21st International Congress in Vancouver,  June 4-8, 2017.

The following sessions being held by the MDS Health Professional (non-physician) Special Interest Group are intended to foster an opportunity for growing relationships and making new connections.

Please note:
Registration to the Vancouver Congress is required in order to attend either of these activities.

Multi-disciplinary Panel with Networking Opportunities

Tuesday, June 6, 2017 from 13:00 - 14:30

Engage with colleagues across disciplines and join the MDS Health Professional (non-physician) Special Interest Group for the following talks from a Multidisciplinary panel:

  • Patient Centred Care for people with Parkinson's: Are we there yet? The Patient's Perspective
    Mary Danoudis, Research Physiotherapist & Adjunct Associate Professor, Clinical Research Centre for Movement Disorders and Gait, Monash Health (Cheltenham, VIC, Australia)
  • Respiratory muscle strength training for airway protection in Movement Disorders
    Michelle Troche, Assistant Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Columbia University Teachers College (New York, NY, USA)
  • AMPARO: A framework for education in interprofessional care in Parkinson's Disease
    Michelle Tosin, Neurorehabilitation Nurse, SARAH Network of Rehabilitation Hospitals (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) 

RSVP by April 10, 2017
Networking Session for all Health Professionals

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 from 12:30 - 13:30

Join the MDS Health Professional (non-physician) Special Interest Group as they discuss exciting updates going on around the world, meet the MDS Health Professional Leadership and hear how you may get further involved. Don't forget to come prepared to let the group know what you’re doing in the field as well!

RSVP by April 10, 2017

If you plan to attend either of these meetings, please RSVP to the International Secretariat by April 10, 2017 and indicate which meeting(s) you will be attending.

Join MDS

As a Health Professional (Non-Physician), you may become a member of MDS for a joining fee of $100/$175* U.S. annually.

Membership applies to nurses, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physiotherapists, speech therapists, clinical psychologists, neuropsychologists, dieticians, genetic counselors, sexologists, and social workers.

* Health Professional Members may choose to add the print subscription to Movement Disorders for an additional fee.